Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) prevented Republicans from asking impeachment probe witness Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, the White House’s top Ukraine expert, some questions at his closed-door deposition in the Capitol basement Tuesday.
Democrats have accused Republicans of trying to figure out who the “whistleblower” is with their line of questioning during Vindman’s deposition.
Jordan, who witnessed Vindman’s deposition, said he could not go into explicit detail about the questions Schiff blocked. The Ohio lawmaker, however, explained to reporters:
Schiff is the leader of the House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry. The Democrat-led House Committees on Oversight and Reform, Intelligence, and Foreign Affairs are conducting the impeachment investigation.
While briefing reporters alongside Jordan, House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) acknowledged that Schiff’s decision to block some questions had undermined his claim that the process is fair.
Even his claim now that [the process is fair because] Republicans can ask questions has been undermined because he is now directing witnesses not to answer questions that he doesn’t want the witness to answer … He has not cut off one Democrat. He has not interrupted one Democrat.
Rep. Devin Nunes, the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, accused the panel’s Democrat chairman, Rep. Adam Schiff, of coaching a Trump impeachment inquiry witness during closed-door testimony on Capitol Hill.
The scene was unprecedented, Nunes said.
“I mean, they’ve been bad at most of these depositions, but to interrupt us continually to coach the witness, to decide… what we’re going to be able to ask the witness.”
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